The National Wildlife Federation® (NWF) is pleased to recognize that Dutch and Minda Brackman of Terra Natura Permaculture Design in Kingston Springs, have successfully created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site. NWF celebrates the efforts of the Brackmans to create garden spaces that improve habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.
“Providing a home for wildlife in our communities – whether it’s at home, or in schools businesses or parks – is the demonstration of a healthy and active eco-system. There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation.
“We designed our wildlife habitat to encourage species diversity, water catchment, and soil building systems” said Minda Brackman. “As Permaculture designers, we are transforming our land into an example of what can be done on small acreages to 1) Care for the earth 2) Care for people 3) Share the surplus. Redesigning our land to make it more inviting to wildlife helps us by reducing lawn to mow, cutting down on watering and saving time in the long run to enjoy time outside.”
NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitat program has been helping people take personal action on behalf of wildlife for more than 40 years. The program engages homeowners, businesses; schools, churches, parks and other institutions that want to make their communities wildlife friendly.
This new certified habitat joins NWF’s roll of more than 150,000 certified habitats nationwide. Wildlife habitats are important to year-round wildlife residents as well as species that migrate, such as some birds and butterflies. Each habitat is unique for both beauty and function.
The Brackman’s habitat includes native perennials, many varieties of fruit producing trees bushes and vines, water catchment systems, ponds and swales, flowering ground covers, brush cover and housing for a variety of wild and domestic animals. By working with natural systems, they are able to encourage biodiversity, less water use and enjoy land with abundant wildlife year round.
For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit www.nwf.org/habitat or call 1-800-822-9919. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.